Timothy Murphy wrote:
>On Wednesday 17 March 2004 16:13, Liam Bedford wrote:
>>>>>>If I wanted to play games I'd probably buy myself a PS2.
>>>>>>>>For about 700 EUR you can get the lowend Dell box.. probably less at this
>>point. It comes with a 2.x GHz processor. Even if you bump it up to the
>>the machine is still around 1K. Is there a problem here? Is it a bad
>>thing that you
>>can't buy a 486 DX2/75 any more?
>>>>>>You seem to be reading much more into what I sad than was intended.
>Somebody (you?) suggested that one reason to get a new machine
>was to compile the kernel more quickly,
>>ah.. I said compile, but didn't mention the kernel. I was actually
referring to the
lump of code I work on in the office, and compile time is helpful.
Saving a few mins speeds
up test cycles.
>and I simply pointed out that in fact the increase in speed
>will probably disappoint you if that is what you want the machine for.
>>>I suppose I am probably one of the few (or maybe there's a lot of them
on this list) who
value compile times. As far as the generic user goes, something between
300 and 700 MHz
(real, not crusoe) is more than fine, as long as they don't want XP and
all the bells and whistles.
>If and when my 450MHz Pentium desktop dies
>(which is probably quite soon as it is showing signs of senility)
>I will probably buy another Asus SCSI machine,
>for the simple reason that this one has been remarkably hardy.
>I've only been moderately impressed by the Dell machines I've used.
>The CPU speed will not be my main criterion,
>as I very rarely sit at the desktop
>which is just a gateway to the internet.
>I value reliability far more than speed.
>>>>My Sony Picturebook is also suffering from heart disease
>(lost hda interrupt) but sadly Sony have stopped making this machine.
>If the Picturbook dies I'll amost certainly get a Fujitsu P5000.
>(Unless I can find a computer science student with long thin fingers
>to change the disk.)
>>CPU speed is the computer equivalent of
>"This car goes from 0mph to 120mph in 20 seconds".
>>>>That would depend on whether your day job is a drag racer or not then I
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